THE Joint Task Force, (JTF) on Friday in Kano, arrested a high profile Boko Haram member, named Suleiman Mohammed, said to be a Yoruba, with his wife and five children during a raid at his residence in Farawa babban layi on the outskirt of the city.
The Kano State Commissioner Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, confirmed the arrest saying that: “the arrest came after a tip-off by some members of the public following suspicious movement of people into the house”.
He said that the suspected sect operational commander hailed from Ogbomosho in Oyo State.
According to the police chief, some sophisticated weapons recovered during the raid included. 1,000 live ammunition, a riffle, 10 cans of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and three pistols.
He claimed that the security agencies suspected that the prime suspect was behind some organised series of attacks on security operatives, churches and killing of some innocent citizens in the state.
When contacted, the spokesman of JTF Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the arrest,but declined further details.
Meanwhile, some unknown gunmen shot and killed the leader of a Shiites group in Kano around 8 a.m on Friday morning according to reliable sources.
Sources said that the gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram members, approached a prominent Shiites leader and Kano state civil servant, Alhaji Mohammed Alli at his home requesting to use one of his motorbikes for Jihad, but Alhaji Alli reportedly turned down the request and was promptly shot at a close range by the sect members.
Alhaji Alli, who lived in the Gadan Kaya area of Kano, was regarded as one of the richest Shiites residing in Kano.
His remains has since been deposited at the Murtala Mohammed hospital in Kano in preparation for burial according to Muslim rites.